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Posted May 21, 2012
This book was so different than what I am used to reading. It was well written and kept my interest! Your emotions go from OMG to oh hell no! I thank God everyday forvrhe mom that I had. Some oarts of the book had you laughing and other parts hadvyou in tears. Kudos to the author for a job well done!
Posted January 18, 2012
I think I might be the only one who did not get into this book. I'll admit, I usually don't read these kinds of stories. That being said, I am open to reviewing almost everything.
First I will start with what I liked about this story:
1. It was easy to read. The writing style is very fluid and easy to understand. You can read this book in about 6 hours.
2. Well written. There weren't any grammar or spelling errors that I found and the author definitely has a good grasp of the English language as well as the modern day vernacular.
What I didn't like:
1. It jumped around too much for me. I had a little difficulty remembering which character's viewpoint I was in. I understand why the author wrote it this way. It does give the reader a good idea of how people viewed Rose, the woman who dies in the story. We never get to hear Rose's story from her lips, instead it is told by those closest to.
As for the story itself, it's OK. Rose is a woman, who apparently lived as she saw fit and didn't care about other people's opinion. She had problems and life slapped her with a lot. Her relationship with her children wasn't great and perhaps she was a bit clingy. At least Rose found love before dying.
As mentioned above, the story is told from three different viewpoints: Glory, Ricky, and Eli. Glory hated her mom and never got over bearing the brunt of her mother's anger. Ricky I gathered loved and hated his mother. He probably felt some affection for the woman that birthed him, but she was difficult to live with and he probably regretted allowing her to control his life to the very end. The only one who truly loved Rose was Eli. Apparently he saw a side of her that no one else did.
To me, this novel is a look at how messed up some families can be, and at how we never really know someone. Our lives are told by other people's perceptions of us. The only character I liked was Eli, who treated Rose with respect despite her difficulties and he tried to bring some sanity to an insane situation.
Posted January 15, 2012
I really enjoyed reading Rose’s Will, a book that is heart-wrenching and intriguing all the way through. Denise DiSio is a skilled writer and has a firm grasp on human nature.
Throughout the novel, we get to know three different characters, and through them we also get to know Rose D’Orsi, who is loved, hated and, arguably, misunderstood by those closest to her.
The book begins toward the end of Rose’s life, and as we pick up with the three main characters in present time, we learn what decisions and events in the past have led to all of them knowing a completely different version of Rose. She has alienated her daughter, manipulated her son, and captured the heart of a man who goes to her senior center.
When Rose dies, a mystery surrounding her will starts to unfold. And while the matriarch’s family is disjointed before her death, what she leaves in her absence threatens to destroy them for good.
DiSio has created a character-driven family thriller, as those who know Rose best discover they may not have known her at all, and their worlds teeter on the verge of collapsing around them.
Rose’s Will is a quick read with great character development. DiSio is a natural writer, who seems to get what makes people tick and the kind of love that’s needed to keep us going. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting and fast-paced family drama.
Posted December 6, 2011
It has been a long time since a book affected me in such a profound way. Rose's Will took me on a beautiful rollercoaster ride of raw human emotion, and I went from smiling one minute, to laughing out loud, and finally sobbing my eyes out. DeSio captures the very essence of dramatic family life and unravels some interesting truths about the family dynamic that most people would prefer to turn a blind eye to.
The book is told through three POV's which all centre round Rose D'Orsi, the family matriarch and tyrant. Each character is so well-written and defined that it wasn't difficult connecting with them.
Glory, Rose's daughter, whose continued efforts to gain her mother's approval puts more of a strain on their already weakened relationship. Her behaviour, although very much justified, had me at times wondering about her own stubborn intolerance for her mother.
Ricky, Glory's younger brother. His loyalty to Rose has left him bitter and self-righteous. He loves his sister very much but, always the one to pick up the pieces, Ricky's disdain for Glory becomes clearer as the book draws to an end.
My favorite character was Eli, a soft spoken, compassionate soul, always searching for the good in people. Eli's view of Rose is a full 180 to her childrens'. Rose's feistiness and garish behaviour excited him, and he was very much the yin to her yang.
In the end, the story offers a wonderful twist that left a smile on my lips for hours after I had finished reading it.
It was a great pleasure reading Rose's Will and I look forward to more amazing stories penned by Denise DeSio.
Posted December 1, 2011
I read "Rose's Will" on the computer, an activity I never imagined enjoying... and found myself looking forward to my next middle-of-the-night opportunity to read more, until I finished this novel a few minutes ago.
All families have secrets, misunderstandings, skewed perspectives, and resultant difficulties in relating to one another. "Rose's Will" does a fine job of illustrating how our individual choices come with their own opportunity cost, and how actively we participate in how we see another (as opposed to "that's just how they are.") Each of the main characters of "Rose's Will" has her/his own brand of heroism, as well as a stubborn insistence regarding what is the "truth." This is a story that becomes more gripping the further you read, until you must finish it. I am impressed with the author's skill in bringing us along for the ride, using the clever device of three very different viewpoints of daughter, son, and lover of the woman who so profoundly affected them.
I highly recommend this book to others, and thank Ms. Desio for writing her tale.
Posted November 2, 2011
In recent years I have sort of given up book reading. I've become like my kids, instant gratification, get to point in record time and move on. But I read "Roses Will" and have rediscovered what its like to enjoy the journey of the the story. I was almost sorry I got to the last page so quickly. Denise has a way to draw you into the story, to make you want to listen to her and her characters. You start to feel like you're one of the family. Like shes talking to you over a cup of coffee and giving you the inside dirt. I like that. Reading it made me feel like her special friend. I can't wait to read what comes next. I've become an instant fan.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2011
Warning: Do not begin reading unless you have a block of uninterrupted time. You will not want to stop reading until you reach a surprising conclusion. Prepare to be drawn into the comic sometimes sad, sometimes frustrating tales of family discord. The family relationships revolving around the matriarch give insight to acceptance, forgiveness, redemption and ultimately how the choices we make impact our lives. Think combination of Elizabeth Berg, Rubyfruit Jungle, and Irma Bombeck. Well written with intelligence and humor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 24, 2011
This is a fantastic debut novel that carefully balances wit with messy family drama
The chapters are divided into three points of view and DeSio created three believable characters. Glory, Ricky, and Eli are complete full fledged people that come to life the moment they step off the page. I enjoyed seeing some of the same scenes from all three points of view. The reader immediately empathizes and understands them.
The secondary characters were also wonderful--especially the Aunties. I enjoyed how Glory, Ricky, or Eli's perspective of them and their actions were completely different. ~ E. Guizzetti, author of Other Systems
Posted October 14, 2011
Fortunately for me, through the invention of facebook, I have rekindled a childhood friendship with the author of this book. The history between us has made this story wonderfully nostalgic and, because we lost touch after high school, especially enticing. I found myself completely wrapped up, as Glory "filled me in" on her life to the present time, with a voice that clearly reflects both the difficulties she's faced and the happiness she's found. The strength, the humor, the sarcasm, the sentimentality, the history, the insight, the warmth and a genuine talent for story telling, made this a rich, captivating, well written page turner, definitely worth reading! My only regret is that my e-book can't be signed "To my old friend" with a particularly swirly autograph :-)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2013
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